I have come on here because I'm looking to replace my BMW with a 159 or Brera 2.2 (prefer the looks of the Brera but the 159 would be more pratical). I do 20k+ miles a year but the first 15 minutes of every day is spent in heavy, slow moving stop/start traffic dropping the missus off at work and several stop-offs in town in between motorways so this problem is very important to me especially given that my nearest dealer is a 110-mile round trip and AD being a 500+ mile round trip. I can't affod new so would be looking at an approved used model.
I have read every single word of this thread and I'm astonished that it has gone from oficially complaining, or being encouraged to do so, to members now being advised to get a remap. Given that many UK dealers are acknowledging there is a problem, and that they are a wholly-owned subsiduary of AR, has anybody considered getting the remap done then issuing a county court claim against either the dealer (especially if he has ackowledged that there is a problem), or against AR directly for the cost of getting the remap done to cure the problem? I certainly think it might be worth a try, possibly contacting AR first under threat of reporting it to the motoring press. Surely the threat bad publicity from a court case would be the last thing AR need? There certainly seems to be plenty of 'evidence' to go at.
I'm not sure whether AR actually care or not, but the low number of people that have actually complained combined with a fair number of people stating that they are generally happy with the car and that they would not be put off buying another one in future, especially one with the same engine, and you can easily understand AR's apathy.
In contrast, three weeks after buying my £9,000 approved used BMW (which was 4 years old at the time) I complained about a similar flat spot at low revs and they replaced the valves AT THEIR SUGGESTION free of charge and gave me a new 530i as a courtesy car for a week. I don't really care what other people think of BM's (or any other car I may choose for that matter), it's a great car and I'm only really looking to change because I have back problems and the seat doesn't suit me. I had set my heart on the 2.2 but do I really want to change to a potentially problematic AR with my main dealer 110 miles round-trip away and a disinterested parent company if this is how customers are treated? I'm now having VERY serious doubts.